Why we all need to stop travelling to the same places
‘Over-tourism’ is a word you’ve probably heard thrown around recently. Many popular destinations around the globe are struggling to cope with an influx of tourists, yet we keep visiting the same places. It’s time to step off the beaten path and discover more of the world. We need to stop booking trips based on where our favourite Instagram influencers are flocking to and start thinking for ourselves.
Iceland, Barcelona, Venice, Dubrovnik, Santorini. All destinations that don’t need any more tourists. The local infrastructures can’t cope with the sheer volume of visitors and the local ecosystems are in danger thanks to tourists wandering on protected ground or not respecting the environment. People are priced out of their homes as local neighbourhoods are gentrified and more and more holiday apartments open. Yet if you scroll through Instagram, you’ll find post after post recommending these destinations, tempting visitors with pretty pictures. It isn’t just the obvious tourist hot spots that are struggling though – Machu Picchu is inundated with day visitors and we’ve all seen that harrowing image of climbers queuing up to summit Everest.
Something needs to change. We need to be more vigilant with how we select the places we visit. Rather than feeling inspired and simply booking a flight, we need to do a little research into whether that destination is currently welcoming tourists. There are so many different places, all around the globe, so why are we all visiting the same ones?
Photos by Andrea Swarz